Fans of Carol Peletier, who is portrayed by Melissa McBride on The Walking Dead, were devastated to learn she wouldn’t be heading to points unknown with her forever friend Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) in the promised spin-off series. Her fans were delighted to know that one, she would survive the final episodes and, two, have much more story to tell. These hopes were dashed when McBride pulled out of the spinoff to take some much-needed time off after filming for twelve years. But, the good news, showrunner Angela Kang says, “her story is not done.”
In an interview with TV Line, Kang talks about Carol and where she is headed. Many of us are curious if Carol’s Walking Dead ending was altered because she is no longer in the spinoff. Kang’s response: “Yes, yes, yes, yes!”
Before AMC announced that the series was ending, things were set in motion for Carol and Daryl to head off on adventures of their own and periodically check-in. Now things have significantly changed.
The Walking Dead – Carol Peletier
What will be in store for Carol in the final episodes?
The synopsis for episode 18, “A New Deal,” tells us that Carol will petition Governor Pamela Milton to “wipe the slate clean” for her friends. Does this refer to Connie and the group who dug up the crimes of Milton’s son Sebastian? Or for Aaron, Gabriel, Daryl and Maggie, who came against Lance Hornsby and his army?
Knowing Carol, she is selflessly doing what she can to ensure that her family and friends are taken care of. It’s what she has always done, make the tough choices, and do the heroic thing regardless of the outcome for her. Will she save the day yet again?
Kang reassures fans that Carol has much more story to tell, and Reedus has stated that Daryl and Carol have more stories to come. Will we eventually see her in a spinoff? Let’s hope so!
"“We’re just going to repeat that as a refrain: Her story is not over. There were just challenges.” – Angela Kang, regarding Carol"
The Walking Dead returns on October 2 on AMC and AMC+.